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Ellinwood City Council approves housing study

The Ellinwood City Council welcomed the opportunity to hear from two different sources vying to bring new housing to the city. Vicky Dayton, Executive Director of Housing Opportunities Inc., and Justin Joiner of Joiner Construction both indicated their desire to secure funding through the state's Moderate Income Housing Program (MIH) in order to bring additional moderate income housing to the city. Therefore, both made a case in favor of the city conducting a market study for housing.

March 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 parents concerned about bullying

Despite years of classroom instruction devoted to curbing bullying among school-aged children, problems persist, leaving some parents wondering what can be done to protect their children on the bus and and at school. Monday night, four Hoisington parents brought their concerns to the USD 431 Board of Education. Complaints ranged from the need to block students from inappropriate internet usage, sexting, and social and physical bullying on school buses.

March 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Habitat breaks ground in Hoisington

Members of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce, Hoisington City Council, and Barton County Habitat for Humanity gathered at 322 E. 6th Street in Hoisington Thursday morning to break ground on a project that will make the dreams of one as yet undetermined Barton County family come true. This is not the first such build in the city.

March 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Swinging through

It's always a gamble when it comes to Kansas weather and planning a hunting a trip in advance. This year, the organizers of the Pheasants Forever's Rooster Booster Chapter 504 Wounded Warrior hunt gambled and won with unseasonably mild weather. It meant nearly every soldier participant signed up for the outing was able to make it, arriving at Crosby's Wildgame Adventures "Hidden Hollow Lodge" near Albert around 5 p.m. Friday night. They were greeted by members and served a welcoming dinner followed by a meet and greet to get to know one another.

February 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 Hall of Fame recipients honored

On Friday at noon, the USD 428 Hall of Fame committee presented the 2016 Hall of Fame recipients, Shannon Schartz and Ty Cobb, to the many well-wishers, friends, family members and alumni of Great Bend High School who gathered for the annual Hall of Fame banquet at The Club at Stone Ridge.

February 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

February 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


YOUTH CHALLENGE

HOISINGTON - Wednesday morning, some of Hoisington's most promising young entrepreneurs competed in the first ever Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. The contest, sponsored by NetWork Kansas and Hoisington's E-Community, provided a chance to win a $500 scholarship and a chance to go on to the state level Youth Challenge.

February 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington’s Kipper seeing results

Dolores Kipper, Hoisington's code enforcement officer, provided the city council an update Monday night on her efforts to enforce animal control and property codes in the community since her arrival in September.

February 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council to partner with Commission on Aging

Hoisington City Council members considered options of what to do with the restroom structure at Pride Park two weeks ago. They either needed to be razed or refurbished, after a proposed Eagle Scout project fell through. The council asked City Manager Jonathan Mitchell to approach the Commission on Aging, the group that operates the Friendship House located at the park, about a solution. Monday night, Mitchell reported back to the council.

February 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | News


JUSTICE BYPASSED part 2

BY VERONICA COONS

February 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


JUSTICE BYPASSED

If you've committed a crime in Barton County, you can bypass justice by pressing the County Attorney for a plea agreement. You're pretty much guaranteed you'll get it. That's the message many victims are receiving when it comes to prosecuting thieves who have burglarized them in this county.

February 18, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Working in the system

Criticism of administrators as well as students has been flying in the aftermath of an alleged incident that occurred on a Great Bend High School bus Feb. 6, 2016. In the days since, students from the high school have taken a stand by publicly protesting USD 428's handling of the disciplinary element of this alleged incident. And it is a big lesson for some in the way Democracy works in our country.

February 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


No silence

About 35 Great Bend High School students stood across the street from the front entrance of their school around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. They were continuing a protest that began on Monday afternoon following a press conference held by the Unified School District 428 administration at the district office.

February 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | News


Raising their voices

Over 100 Great Bend High School students converged in front of the USD 428 District Offices Monday afternoon. They were there to demand justice for a classmate that was allegedly sexually assaulted on the school activity bus returning home from a swim meet on Saturday, Feb. 6.

February 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


RESILIENCE

Two years ago, Lindsey Homeier woke up to a nightmare that could have easily dashed the dreams of most young entrepreneurs. One December morning in 2013, the promising young dance instructor learned the building, formerly a great opera house, that housed her studio had been condemned by the city as an unsafe structure. After months of evasive maneuvers by the building's owners to avoid responsibility for their crumbling south wall, a large chunk had fallen onto the parking lot below during a snowstorm the night before, leaving the city no choice.

February 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Ellinwood opens wellness center

2015 saw the culmination of a four-year effort by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission and volunteers in the community. The dream of opening a year-round fitness ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


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